When it comes to the G-Wagon most buyers are not the subtle type which means most buyers will opt for one of the range-topping versions.
So here’s the new Mercedes-AMG G63, powered by a derivative of the 4.0-litre V8 that is rated at a remarkable 585 horsepower,channeled to all wheels through a 9-speed automatic and a rear-biased all-wheel drive system. With this power increase (over the G500), torque rises from 610 to 850 Nm.
These numbers translate into some rather noteworthy performance figures. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h is dealt with in 4.5 seconds (G500 takes 5.9). Top speed rises from a governed 210 km/h to a governed 220 km/h, and it can be raised at further cost to a governed 240 km/h.
The G 63 gets many of the chassis and suspension improvements fitted to the regular new-generation G-Class. Its specification also includes AMG Ride Control as standard; this adjustable damper system can adjust its set-up between three configurations – Comfort, Sport and Sport+ – depending on how relaxed or focused the driver wants the chassis to feel.
Other new features for the AMG-tuned G-Class include a speed-sensitive steering rack and five on-road and three off-road driving modes. Called Dynamic Select, the drive mode selector offers the ability to modify elements such as engine response, transmission shift pattern and steering weight through everything from Slippery to Sport+ (road), plus Sand, Trail and Rock (off-road).
The interior also includes an AMG sports steering wheel and a control for the standard two-stage exhaust system, allowing the occupants to increase the noise allowed through to the cabin from the V8 motor.
Being the AMG version you get a distinct grill, which opens upon at the bottom ever so slightly. The wheel arches are wider, and wheel sizes up to 22 inches are available.